Ajahn Amaro

Born in England in 1956, Ajahn Amaro Bhikkhu received a BSc. in Psychology and Physiology from the University of London. Spiritual searching led him to Thailand, where he went to Wat Pah Nanachat, a Forest Tradition monastery established for Western disciples of Thai meditation master Ajahn Chah, who ordained him as a bhikkhu in 1979. Soon afterward he returned to England and joined Ajahn Sumedho at the newly established Chithurst Monastery. He resided for many years at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, making trips to California every year during the 1990s.

In June 1996 he established Abhayagiri Monastery in Redwood Valley, California, where he was co-Abbot with Ajahn Pasanno until 2010. He then returned to Amaravati to become Abbot of this large monastic community.

Ajahn Amaro has written a number of books, including an account of an 830-mile trek from Chithurst to Harnham Vihara called Tudong – the Long Road North, republished in the expanded book Silent Rain. His other publications include Small Boat, Great Mountain (2003), Rain on the Nile (2009) and The Island – An Anthology of the Buddha’s Teachings on Nibbana (2009) co-written with Ajahn Pasanno, a guide to meditation called Finding the Missing Peace and other works dealing with various aspects of Buddhism.

Ajahn Amaro’s Free Mindfulness Meditations & Talks

A very fascinating talk “A Mind Like Fungi” by Ajahn Amaro takes you into Buddhist perspective. It talks about the mind and body, the within and without.

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Ajahn teaches Buddhist wisdom on life’s difficulties. How pain is ever present in our life. And how we deal with it, work with it is the key.

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Ajahn shares Buddhist wisdom about gratitude. How gratitude is a silent teacher in the Buddhist teachings but quite a persistent one.

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Ajahn teaches Buddhist wisdom about different personas, roles, and characters. The so-called “Inner Committee” we listen to every day.

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Ajahn shares about his life as a monk. His first contact with meditation in the Buddhist practice, and how that eventually lead him to monastic life.

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Ajahn explains each of us has a force to contribute to the environment. To do good and let go of the bad ways. And eventually, create harmony in the world.

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Ajahn distinguishes loving kindness from liking and fundamental acceptance. We need to free the heart from restrictions as it’s the place of acceptance.

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